JULY 22 – 28
IS THERE A HARD-TO-FIND FIRST EDITION THAT YOU WOULD LOVE TO OWN? IF SO, WHY?
Clueless Gent’s First Edition Response
The only book that I would love to have a first edition of is also the only book that I can still remember reading while I was in grade school. When I was in the fourth grade—and in spite of the fact that our school library was very small—I happened upon a book that I would never forget. It was a child’s fantasy story written by Robert Lawson. The name of the book was The Fabulous Flight.
The book was written in 1949 and it was published by Little, Brown and Company.
I didn’t know it at the time, but that book provided a spark to a life-long love of fiction. I remember being enamored with the main character, a young boy named Peter Peter Peeabody Pepperell III. He traveled on the back of a seagull named Gus. Oh, the places they went!
The author, Robert Lawson, actually earned his living as an illustrator. It’s no wonder why the illustrations in this book are so wonderful. When I did a little research on Lawson, I was surprised to learn that he died exactly one week after I was born. A little more trivia: Lawson was a member of the first (and only) American Camouflage Corps during World War I and served in France. Their mission was to camouflage terrain so it would be unrecognizable from the air.
I’d like to thank Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer for coming up with this question for Book Blogger Hop.
4 thoughts on “First Editions”
I didn’t realize you did the Book Blogger Hop! I don’t really pursue first editions. My kids won’t really care about inheriting them, and there are no books that come to mind that I treasure so much I want to go to the expense of a first edition.
Stop by and see my hop here.
I’m actually just starting with the Hop. This is my first post, and I’m still messing around with the formatting. However, I hope to make this a regular thingy. Thanks for your comment!
Then welcome! I’ve been sporadic, but I’m trying to get more consistent.
I like this new idea. What fun, a Book Blogger Hop. Like Lisa, I’ve never thought too much about first editions. I’ve had old books, but never what could be classified as first editions. Probably the closest were my Nancy Drew books I’d get for birthdays and Christmas as a young girl. But if I had a wish list, at the top would be a first edition by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. For me, Doyle is the master in mystery writing. I have had a lifelong infatuation with Sherlock Holmes. Second on the list would be Agatha Christie.